Religion: The Basics by Malory NyeReligion: The Basics by Malory Nye

Religion: The Basics

byMalory NyeEditorMalory Nye

Paperback | June 25, 2008

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From the local to the global level, religion is ' more than ever ' an important and hotly debated part of modern life in the twenty-first century.

From silver rings to ringtones and from clubs to headscarves, we often find the cultural role and discussion of religion in unexpected ways.

Now in its second edition,Religion: The Basicsremains the best introduction to religion and contemporary culture available. The new edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes new discussions of:

  • the study of religion and culture in the twenty-first century
  • texts, films and rituals
  • cognitive approaches to religion
  • globalization and multiculturalism
  • spirituality in the West
  • popular religion.

With new case studies, linking cultural theory to real world religious experience and practice, and guides to further reading,Religion: The Basicsis an essential buy for students wanting to get to grips with this hotly debated topic.

Malory Nye is Acting Principal and Professor of Multiculturalism at the Al-Maktoum Institute, Scotland. He has written a number of books on religion and multiculturalism, and is the founding editor of the journal Culture and Religion.
Title:Religion: The BasicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:June 25, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415449480

ISBN - 13:9780415449489


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Religion is not a butterfly on a collector's pin-board. This a great little book. Religion: The Basics (2nd edition) by Malory Nye is a terrific introduction to the study of religion. Nye outlines a series of key concepts with an eye for the most contemporary developments in the field of the academic study of religion. This ain’t no Joseph Campbell tomfoolery, Nye provides the reader with an accessible and provocative look all what’s on the bus and what’s off in the 21st century. Off the bus: comparative mythology and church history. On the bus, ritual studies, contemporary religious movements, and the entwinement of religion and culture. The eight chapters are: Religion, Culture, Power, Gender, Belief, Ritual, Texts, and Contemporary religions, contemporary cultures. The three stand out chapters are Religion, Belief, and Ritual. Nye does a great job problematizing traditional approaches to religion that give Christianity a place of privilege. If you’re thinking of dabbling in the study of religion, this won’t lead astray or disappoint.
Date published: 2009-06-18

Table of Contents

How Power Operates in Religion.  Gender Issues.  The Role of Belief, Rituals, and Religious Texts.  Religion in the Contemporary World.  Is Religion the Same as Culture?  How Does it Fit in With Modern Life?  The Rise of Paganism